Are you embarrassed by your missing tooth or teeth? Millions of Americans are missing at least one tooth, and there are a variety of treatment options available to replace and restore missing teeth. How do teeth become loose or fall out in the first place, and what problems can occur if teeth are not replaced?
Causes of Missing Teeth
There are several common causes of missing teeth, including:
- Tooth Decay
- Gum Disease
- Temporomandibular Joint Disorders
Are there consequences if a missing tooth or teeth are not replaced soon enough?
Problems Associated With Missing Teeth
When left untreated, missing teeth can cause even more dental problems. Some problems include:
- Speech issues
- Facial sagging
- Difficulty biting and chewing
- Bone loss
- Irregular bite
- Crooked teeth
However, there are dental solutions that can improve the appearance of teeth as well as overall oral health.
Restorative Treatments for Missing Teeth
Dr. Ed Lazer & Associates provide treatment planning before a dental solution is chosen. Dr. Lazer will work with you to assess your oral health and review your goals and budget. Then one of these solutions will be chosen:
Dental implants act as tooth roots and provide a healthy and stable structure. This solution consists of a titanium post that becomes bonded to bone tissue over a period of 3 to 6 months. After the implant is integrated with bone tissue, it is given a permanent dental crown.
Dentures and Partial Dentures
For a whole upper, lower, or both arches of teeth, dentures are a great option for patients. Partial dentures work best for patients who are missing several of their teeth. Dentures restore the form and function of teeth and make it easier for patients to speak, bite and chew.
A single tooth or consecutive missing teeth can be replaced with a dental bridge. Dental bridges consist of a replacement tooth that is supported by adjacent teeth. They can also be fixed or removable.
Schedule an Appointment
If you want to replace a missing tooth or teeth, call the professionals at (410) 697-6290. You can also schedule an appointment with us online here.